South West Wales

Gary Edwards murder: James Colten jailed for life

David Gary Edwards, known as Gary
Image caption Gary Edwards was described as a caring and loving brother

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a 48-year-old man whose body was found in a house in Swansea.

Gary Edwards, from the Treboeth area of the city, was found in the property in Villa Terrace on 25 July this year.

The judge Swansea Crown Court ordered that James Colten, of no fixed address, should serve a minimum of 13 years and four months.

Colten had admitted the murder charge. After the hearing, South Wales Police thanked people in Treboeth.

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Mark Lewis said: "Our overriding thoughts today are with Gary's family and I hope that this guilty plea in some way helps them find closure.

"I want to thank the local community in Treboeth as well as the other witnesses who have supported this investigation from the outset.

"An early arrest soon after this incident and an effective investigation thereafter has delivered a guilty plea for murder and a significant prison sentence.

"Finally, I want to thank the investigation team and the Crown Prosecution Service for their diligence and professionalism."

After Mr Edwards's body was discovered, his sister Elaine Goldup said he was "a caring and loving brother, well respected by his nieces and nephews; he will be sorely missed by his family".

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